The Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Bureau, Hamirpur, has registered a case against six former elected representatives and officials of Jahu gram panchayat for misappropriation of funds over Rs 35 lakh.

A case was registered after conducting a preliminary inquiry on charges levelled against elected members and panchayat officials. The matter was detected during the audit of the Jahu panchayat wherein it was found these persons had withdrawn over Rs 35 lakh from the state government account as a grant for carrying a few development works in the panchayat. However they found that instead of utilising the money on development works, the officials deposited the same in other bank account. Later, when misappropriation of funds was detected by the audit team, a formal compliant was made by the block development officer. This issue was also raised by a former president of the Jahu panchayat.